Do you want to forget anything you’ve read?

In the perfect follow-up to last week’s question, as suggested by C in DC:

Is there a book that you wish you could “unread”? One that you disliked so thoroughly you wish you could just forget that you ever read it?

If a book is that bad, I’m sure I wouldn’t have completed it. There are so many DNF books that I can name. And I do regret buying them, but I don’t remember wasting time over a book that I would have absolutely hated.

Of course there were a few books which were okay overall but sucked at the end, but then I wouldn’t “unread” them because at least parts of it were good. And sometimes you do learn something from “okay” books too, about a place or a profession or something like that.

So no, I wouldn’t want to forget anything I’ve read. Even if I did have a book like that I would definitely remember the name of the author, so I don’t read anything by him/her again 🙂

What about you?

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16 thoughts on “Do you want to forget anything you’ve read?

  1. I agree Violet, there’s no point having reading regrets. There has to be books that we don’t like in a way as they make the ones we love reading even better! Happy BTT!

  2. Well, I am a “down with the ship” kind of reader, and I had no trouble answering this question. For me, The Gun Runner’s Daughter is a pain I wish I could undo. It was the worst writing I’ve ever read, and it almost made me carsick with all the start-stop-starts.

  3. I chose Patrick White’s The Twyborn Affair because at the time I read it I was quite emotional (3 months pregnant) and it was so emotionally intense it left me feeling terrible whenever I picked it up. I had to read it for a university course, so I didn’t have the option of putting it down and reading it some other time.

  4. I almost always finish everything I start. I like the satisfaction of closing the cover, especially if I have struggled with it.

  5. I haven’t encountered something that is irredeemably bad. Books that I want to “unread” are ones written by authors whose previous reads I have enjoyed. Sometimes they just have a bad day I guess. I would like to defy time and start over again with another book.

  6. There is only one: Blood Canticle by Anne Rice. I finished it because she was once my favourite author and the Vampire Chronicles were among my favourite books. I wish I could forget it because for a while it tainted my view of the characters and of the whole series.

  7. I have only one book that I’ve read that I regretted starting it, continuing and even staying to the bitter end of it. What saves me is that I’ve completely forgotten the title and the author.

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